Easter Birds Nest Cupcakes

3 Mar 2013

Easter Birds Nest Cupcakes



I think I know what you're thinking.

You're probably thinking "what is this crazy girl doing? It's nowhere near Easter, and she's already making goodies for it".

To this I say... what do you mean Easter? I just get excited at the first sighting of mini eggs in the stores, that I need to fill my basket full of them. Who says it's only kids who get to fill their basket full of easter eggs this time of year?




Also, I found a box of shredded wheat in my cupboard from some past life where I thought I could stomach eating healthy cereal (or any kind of cereal at all) which I thought probably needed using.




With this sadly being only my second time making cupcakes EVER, I feel the need to fill this month with cupcakes. I will definitely be making more of these nearer to the day to make up for my lost years of not making cupcakes.

Which seems like a perfect excuse to buy more mini eggs while I still can, don't you agree?






Easter Birds Nest Cupcakes 
printable recipe

What you'll need:

Chocolate nests:
-1 cup smooth peanut butter
-1 cup chocolate chips
-3 biscuits of shredded wheat

Cupcakes
-2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 cups white sugar
-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
-2 eggs
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Buttercream icing:
-1/2 cup shortening
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-4 cups confectioners' sugar
-2 teaspoons milk


Directions:

    1.   For the chocolate nests: Melt the chocolate chips and the peanut butter on medium heat in a medium saucepan. Break the shredded wheat into little pieces, and mix into saucepan. Remove from heat and form into nests. Place on a plate, and freeze.
    2.   For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
    3.   In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the oil, eggs, milk and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until fully combined.
    4.   Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Bake for around 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    5.   Cream together the buttercream ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. Pipe onto cupcakes and place a chocolate egg on top.




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19 comments:

  1. I LOVE those mini eggs too! Fun idea to place them on a cupcake. Looks like a lovely spring treat.

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  2. These are so cute and definitely perfect for Easter... which is not too far away, so you're not too early!

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  3. Cathleen, these are so cute! No harm to get an early start on Easter :)

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  4. these are super cute!!! :) good use of the shredded wheat... i have never been into those and have long since stopped eating cereal. :)

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  5. Cathleen , these cupcakes are so pretty ! Hopefully , I can find some mini eggs here :D

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  6. those mini eggs are so cute ^^ i'd want them too.. easter or not! ^^

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  7. im sure you had fun making them! they look cute and pretty too!

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  8. The cutest for Easter :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Very cute, perfect little cupcakes for Easter!

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  10. so cute! and the haystacks are a great addition!

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  11. Easter is right around the corner - this is perfect! Only a couple weeks to go.

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  12. I don't care if it's really near easter or not...these are adorable!!

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  13. I love anything miniature, eggs included. Your cupcakes look great!

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  14. Only your 2nd time making cupcakes? I do not believe it! These look gorgeous! :D I wanna reach into my screen and grab some chocolate eggs. Hehe.

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  15. These are too cute! I love the little nests on top {I kind of go a little crazy when I see little nests!! I love them!}. Only your second time making cupcakes!? Watch out, you may become addicted to making them {I sure have}! I'm hosting a link party on my blog and I'd love for you to join!
    http://www.simplydreamandcreate.com/2013/03/simply-create-thursdays-1_7.html

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  16. Really impressive, just wonderful :)

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